TV preview: London Spy

MODERN ROMANCE: Danny (Ben Whishaw) and Joe (Edward Holcroft) in a scene from new five-part drama London Spy.
MODERN ROMANCE: Danny (Ben Whishaw) and Joe (Edward Holcroft) in a scene from new five-part drama London Spy.
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London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

Danny (Ben Whishaw) is the gregarious, hedonistic, romantic, who falls for the anti-social, enigmatic, brilliant Alex (Ed Holcroft). However, just as the two realise they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.

The five-part drama has been created by best-selling author of Child 44 Tom Rob Smith and for Wishaw, who also plays Q in the 007 reboot, it was the writer’s very different take on the world of secret agents that appealed.

“What felt particularly special about London Spy was that the characters didn’t feel like characters I’d seen a hundred times before in a thriller,” he said. “They seemed to be recognisable human beings who just happened to be in a spy thriller.”

Directed by Jakob Verbruggen, whose credits include The Fall and the US version of The Bridge, the show also stars Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

London Spy, Monday, BBC2, 9pm.

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